Getting the most out of Google Scholar – Including Abertay Library Subscriptions in your Results

As part of February’s Library Lovers Month we’re sharing reasons to love your Library…and today we’re looking at Google Scholar.

The Library pays lots of money for subscriptions to online journals and we want you all to be able to access them as easily as possible.

 LibrarySearch lets you  search across multiple collections and platforms from one simple search box – which is pretty nifty and saves you lots of time!  But, we know that lots of people like to go to Google Scholar to start searching so, there are a few things you can do to make sure you always get  those full-text Library subscriptions showing in your results.

On-Campus

You don’t have to do anything!  We’ve set up all of our online journals to show as being available in Google Scholar when you’re searching via the University IP range – you’ll see the View it @ Abertay button to link to our content.  You might think you’re accessing lots of freely available content, but it’s actually provided by the Library.  You’re welcome!

Off-Campus

If you’re searching at home, you need to do a little bit of tweaking  to make sure you’re seeing our full-text content. You just need to select these settings once, make sure to save and you’re good to go!

Just go to: Settings > Library Links then search for Abertay (Show Library Access Links For) and tick the box for View It @ Abertay.

You can also choose to export directly from Google Scholar into RefWorks.  Go to: Settings > Search Results > Bibliography Manager then pick RefWorks from the drop-down and click save.  Hey presto!  You’ll now get links to all of our subscribed content in your results list and see an Import into RefWorks link under all results.  This will help you to keep track of all those important articles you find – no more scribbling references on bits of paper!

If you prefer a visual guide – here it is:

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Adding a reference management tool (RefWorks)
1. Go back to https://scholar.google.co.uk/ (if you’re in the results screen above, just click the Google logo at the top left)
2. Click Settings again at the top of the screen.
3. In the Scholar Settings screen, look for the Bibliography Manager options. From the ‘Show links to import citations into’ drop-down menu under BibliographyManager you can select RefWorks:

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Following these tips will ensure that you are able to access all of the same great content and resources from home as you can when you’re in the Library.  Just another reason to love your Library!

Click here for more help and info on Google Scholar.

Feel free to contact us for more help and information – we’re always happy to help 🙂

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Library & IT Drop-in CANCELLED Thursday 2nd February 3-4pm and Getting Help

Our Library and IT drop-in session on Thursday 2nd February (3-4 pm in the IT Training Suite) has had to be cancelled in order for staff to attend a meeting.

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Our drop-ins resume as normal the following week.  They run three times a week during term time: 11-12 on Tuesdays, 12-1 on Wednesdays and 3-4 on Thursdays on level 2 of the Library in the IT Training Suite.  Feel free to pop along and see us if you’ve got any questions about referencing, RefWorks, finding information for coursework, using LibrarySearch or specialist Library databases and resources, formatting documents (table of contents etc.) and loads more! There’s also help with Pebblepad on a Wednesday.

Please remember that a Librarian is always on-call Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm so even if you can’t make it to a drop-in session, there will be someone on hand to help with referencing and resource queries.  Just ask at SEZ and they’ll contact the on-call Librarian for you.

As we’re not around to help on Thursday afternoon, here’s a few useful places that you might find the answer to your queries:

Get Help pages – including Online Sources, Toolkits and Tutorials

Abertay Library on YouTube – instructional videos on using LibrarySerach, RefWorks, MS Office products and much more!

Finding Resources @ Abertay Library – access our key resources here

StudySkills@Abertay under your Blackboard Resources area – it’s jam packed with great tutorials, guides, and online help from Library Services and Learner Development Services

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If you have any queries, please contact us

ProQuest Scheduled Maintenance Sunday 29th January 2017 – ProQuest Central and RefWorks

Just to let you know that ProQuest are carrying out scheduled maintenance on Sunday 29th January 03:00-12:00 (GMT) ProQuest is upgrading their servers in order to improve the performance and security of their applications.

During this time access to ProQuest products including ProQuest Central (journals database) and RefWorks will be unavailable.

RefWorks users will not be able to use applications online.  Write-n-Cite will work, but Reference Citation Manager and Google Docs Add-in will not be available.

Apologies for any inconvenience!

If you have any queries about this, please contact library@abertay.ac.uk

Library Essentials for Christmas: Top Tips to Help you Access Resources From Home

The holidays are fast approaching so here’s a few handy tips to guide you through the festive season!

The Library will be closed from 5pm on Friday 23rd December and re-opens on Thursday 5th January 2017.

Don’t worry – no Library books or loans you have will be due back when we’re closed!

Hopefully you’ll get plenty of time to relax and enjoy a mince pie or five, but if you want to get cracking with coursework you can access ALL of our online resources from home.  However, to make sure you can get to the book or article you’re after as easily as possible without having to hunt for the right login option, always use LibrarySearch or the links on our Library web pages.

LibrarySearch

With LibrarySearch you can quickly and easily get to the full text of most* of our resources from one simple search box.  You’ll find all items from reading lists on LibrarySearch, whether they’re print or online resources. *If you’re looking for specialist content, you need to go direct to the following resources: Westlaw, Lexis Library, Construction Information Service, and Key Note.

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Always sign in (top right) before you start searching as this will allow you to save items from your results list for later and check the due dates of any items you’ve borrowed (My Account)

There’s a help section on the LibrarySearch home screen – just scroll down past the boxes and select the tab you want.  There’s some top tips here on searching and refining.

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Here’s a quick overview video showing you around LibrarySearch:

Here’s a quick guide to finding items from a reading list on LibrarySearch:

A-Z Online Resources and Subject Guides

If you prefer to search your favourite databases directly (who doesn’t have a favourite database?!) rather than using LibrarySearch, please use the links provided on the A-Z Online Resources page or from your designated Subject Guide.  These links have authentication built in so will prompt you for your network username and password.  If you use Google when on-campus, you’ll still get through to the full-text articles as we’ve got IP authentication enabled for all of our subscribed content.  If you try that off-campus, you’ll spend ages hunting around for the correct login (institutional/Shibboleth, never Athens) before you finally get to the Abertay content – or often, you won’t be able to access it at all via Google.  To keep things nice and simple, use these links for access.

Google Scholar

If Google Scholar is where you go to search for articles, make sure you’re not missing out on all those great resources the Library pays loads of money for!  Again, when you’re on-campus you don’t need to worry as our content is set up to show as available in Google Scholar.  If you’re searching at home, just go to: Settings > Library Links then search for Abertay (Show Library Access Links For) and tick the box for View It @ Abertay.  You can also choose to export directly from Google Scholar into RefWorks.  Go to: Settings > Search Results > Bibliography Manager then pick RefWorks from the drop-down and click save.  Hey presto!  You’ll now get links to all of our subscribed content in your results list and see an Import into RefWorks link under all results.  This will help you to keep track of all those important articles you find – no more scribbling references on bits of paper!

Click here for more help and info on Google Scholar.

Following these tips will ensure that you are able to access all of the same content and resources from home as you can when you’re in the Library.

And finally, have a great holiday and we’ll see you all in 2017!

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Library and IT Drop-in CANCELLED Tuesday 13th December

Hello,

Our Library & IT drop-in session is cancelled tomorrow, Tuesday 13th December, 11-12, due to a staff meeting.  Library Services will be unavailable all day but if you have any urgent queries, please email us on library@abertay.ac.uk or go to SEZ on Level 1 of the Library.  We’ll get back to you as soon as we can on Wednesday.

Our drop-ins on Wednesday 14th December (12-1) and Thursday 15th December (3-4) will go ahead as normal in the IT Training Suite, Level 2, Library.  So, please do pop along and see us if you need help or advice.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

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StudySkills@Abertay – Get Started Using Abertay’s Information and Study Skills Resources

Did you know there’s one place where you can access all the online help, guides and tutorials available from Library Services and Learner Development Services?  Well, there is!

What is it?

StudySkills@Abertay pages are designed to enable all students, whether full-time, part-time, or distance learners, to get started using Abertay’s information and study skills resources.

What does it help me with?

  • Find out when Library, IT & Learner Development drop-in sessions and workshops are held
  • How to find information for coursework
  • How to reference sources used in coursework
  • Which referencing style to use
  • How to format your dissertation
  • How to structure coursework
  • How to take notes
  • How to find feedback on coursework submitted to Blackboard
  • And lots more! (for full details check the menu topics on the left of the screen)

Where is it?

StudySkills@Abertay is available via Blackboard (under the ‘Blackboard Resources’ section) – no registration necessary!  If you’re a student here, you’ve got access to this incredibly useful resource.

Go to StudySkills@Abertay right now using this link

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Resource Alert: Scheduled Maintenance ProQuest Ebook Central Saturday 15th October 2016

The ProQuest Ebook Central platform will be unavailable for approximately three hours on Saturday15th October 2016, from 6pm to 9pm, due to scheduled maintenance.

If you have any questions about this, or any other Library resource, please contact us

Students: Win a £50 Amazon voucher!

We need you to complete a short questionnaire on our current University Library facilities for the chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher.

The University is planning to upgrade and redevelop the Library building and transform it into a true 21st century learning environment. Student feedback is vital in the planning of this space – it’s your library, so we would like you to tell us what you want!

Click on the link below to complete the short questionnaire and in turn you will be entered in to a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher – remember to fill in your student number to be entered in to the draw.

Library Feedback Questionnaire

Copies of the questionnaire are also available at the SEZ desk in the Library.

The closing date for completion of the questionnaire is 21st October. The winner will be announced shortly after.

If you have any queries, please contact businessservices@abertay.ac.uk.